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November Sponsors

Each Craft Weekend we have sponsors that send their product for our guests to enjoy.
it is so fun to watch everyone open all the packages and squeal with delight.
our sponsors are so generous!  These are awesome companies that i hope you will support!

Our November Sponsors have got you covered for Christmas shopping!
Go visit their shops and use their discounts to get moving on your gift gifting.
AND you can even shop for yourself… that’s ok too!


Use code CRAFT25 for 25% off your purchase!


I just clicked over and bought myself the gold cross necklace!
merry christmas to me!

Use code whatever15 for 15% off your order.


i use these shopping bags for everything!



Use the code WHATEVER for 15% off  your purchase in her shop


hannah has fun colorful jewelry!! i love all the new colors!



Use the code WHATEVER15 for 15% off your order!


i love katy’s prints… her calendars… her cards.  I love it all!




Use the code MEG25 for 25% off your order!


You KNOW i love these rainbow bracelets!:) :) :)




Starting Monday use the code 30FRIDAY14 for 30% off your order through Dec. 1


i am loving all their christmas products!



Use code CRAFTWEEKEND10 for 10% off your order.


this is the BEST felt to craft with!!!


Use code artsyorange for 15% off your order in her shop!


Beautiful paintings by Jenni!! i LOVE them all!



Use code HEYCRAFTYLADY for 20% until 12/10/14.


i love all of lesley’s christmas prints!



Use code CRAFTWEEKEND for 10% of in her shop.


she has really cute cuffs and adorable initial key chain tags too!




thank you to ALL of our sponsors in 2014!!


Amy - Is there supposed to be a code for Dayspring? Just checking. :)

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you should do this.

Craft Weekend is super fun.
but of the several thousand on the wait list…
only 12 people get picked per weekend.
AND we know that we aren’t doing as many CWs next year as we have the past two years.
so that leaves you with one more option…..

RESERVE THE CRAFT HOUSE for your own girls weekend!
pick a date and get your friends together!
they can come from all over the US!
you can pick them up at the airport!
did you know the Amtrak train stops in Newton?! So you could even take a train!?
you can see friends from way-back-when reunited at the craft house!
or get your best girlfriends from right now… your neighbors… your co-workers… your sisters or mom… your church group… your exercise group…. your homeschool coop moms… your college roommates…. your sorority sisters… your scrapbook friends… your quilting group… your crafting friends…
:)and my best idea yet…. get your best ONLINE friends together and MEET each other!
i PRoMiSE that you will have the best time!
it’s comfy and bright and everything you need for a relaxing weekend!

it is also 100% fine to come to the Craft House and NOT make crafts.
you will still love it here.

i also share with you all my favorite places to shop and eat too.

if you Reserve your date for 2015 by November 30 you can get the sale price of $1200 for friday- sunday!
that is $300 off!
20% discount for planning ahead for your awesome weekend!


You can go through the 2015 calendar HERE.

or to make it easier still – here are the available dates left:

December 12-14 …… December 19-21 …….. December 26-28
i list those because maybe you want to have a last minute christmas craft night… or have all your family in one place without having to go to a hotel?
this is funny but at my past december girls weekends i would bring all my gifts and wrap them! productive while having girl time too!
The house is available for one day uses also for parties… for work or church or just for fun!

January 2- 3 ……  January 23-25 ……  January 30 – feb 1

March 13-15 ….. March 20-22 ….. march 27-29

April 3-5  (fyi…easter weekend)

May 8-10 …… May 15-17 …… May 22-24 (memorial day weekend) …… May 29 – 31

June 12-15 …… June 19-21

ALL of July is open!

August 7-9 …… August 14-16 ….. August 21-23

September 4-6 (labor day weekend)
September 18-20 (huge craft fairs locally that weekend) ……. September 25-27

October 2-4 ….. October 9-11 …..October 23-25 ….. October 30- Nov 1

i hope you pick one and make it happen this year!

if this isn’t your kind of thing… would you kindly share this post with people you know that would like it?!
because you are nice.

more DETAILS on RESERVING the HOUSE are HERE.   and HERE too.

email me at with any additional questions you have!


and thanks for the photos Ashley!!!

Heidi DeGroot - Shared on my Facebook page. I would love to go to the craft house for a family reunion!

Katie Skiff - I wish you were closer!! I would love to do that. I have plans – God sized plans and dreams – to do something here closer to home. I just want you to move the craft house to MT. That is all.

Michelle from Australia - Wishing Newton was closer to Australia. Or Australia was closer to Newton. I don’t mind which :)

Jacci M - I was able to stay in the Craft House over Fourth of July weekend this past summer, and it was SO TERRIFIC. Truly beautiful. I would love to get a group of friends together some time and go back!

Amy Woods - I would LOVE this!!! But, I’d want to use your yummy craft supplies! :)

kristen - I hope it’s ok that I ask this! I’ve always been SO confused by the craft weekends – do you own the craft house? Do you put the craft weekends on? (I realize that in this post you are advertising the house for rent/use.) Thanks for clearing up my confusion!

meg duerksen - Hi Kristen! It’s totally ok to ask. YES i own the craft house. my family lived here for seven awesome years and remodeled it top to bottom. The same year that we were looking to move since our kids were attending a different school district, the idea of craft weekends came to be. So we moved but decided to keep the craft house for my business and also open it to share with other women’s groups. When i talk about Craft Weekend… i am hosting them. We provide everything at CW (food, craft supplies, lodging) and the women purchase tickets to come. When i talk about reserving the house… i am not there. The renters get a key and use the house on their own for the weekend. Did that answer your questions?

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november craft weekend

the craft house looks its very best 10 minutes before the guests arrive.
we light all the candles.  we turn on all the lights.  we open all the curtains.
music is playing.
everything is clean and sparkly.
and kimberlee and i are making the margaritas!

the guests arrived… nervously met each other… ate a delicious meal and then we get busy ruffling!
they chose the fabrics and ribbons.
they sewed into the night.
they are always so excited about what they’ve made… which makes ME excited too!

while we were shopping i told myself i didn’t need anything and wasn’t spending any money.
but then i started pulling out quilts i’d never seen before at Bearly Makin’ It.
and i was starting to feel my will power giving in.
but thankfully these girls stepped up and bought all the things i wanted so i could stay strong.
isn’t that orange quilt the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?!

my breaking point is usually when i see something very unique that i love.
because i know i may never see anything like it again.
and that vintage wedding ring quilt in ORANGE? i bet that was once in a lifetime.

and a rainbow quilt?!
it was a tough day for me!

i like to take pictures like this in the barn because when i am in the barn i feel like there is so much and i miss great stuff.  so when i take a picture i can go back “shop” again.  like… i never noticed the stool in front of the desk… the middle table with the cradle on top… or the round table behind the desk!

this green desk.
this was my dreamy idea i had out in the field… a nursery or flower shop should use this for display!
or i should put it in MY flower bed (if i had one…) for more pots to create another level.
OR anthropologie should use it for stacking 2507 dishes on and make a hand written price tag of $3913.00
ha ha ha
bottom line: this rusty desk is awesome.

i died a little when i saw this.
sad sad sad.
i appreciate my electric sewing machines 1000% but this hurts my heart.
after shopping and eating and a little resting it is straight back to crafting!
ashley taught us how to make leather cuff bracelets from old belts!
oh my goodness.
this was a total blast!
i found all different metal stamp sets on amazon…
Lowercase Alphabet 6mm
Lowercase Alphabet Set – 3mm
36-Piece Letter &Number Set 6mm
4mm Letter & Number Stamp Set
Metal Block
Revolving Leather Hole Punch Tool

and all the other supplies you can find at a craft store.
it takes a little while to get the hang of it and it is loud but it was SO much fun!

(my friends joyce & arnie found THE MOTHER LOAD of belts making this project possible!! YAY!!)

i am certainly no expert at stamping but it is too fun to care!
my husband calls me mrs. duerksen.  :)


the girls made super cute wreaths with fabric scraps and benzie felt.
benzie felt is easy to work with and she has the best colors!IMG_3650IMG_3929IMG_9420IMG_9411IMG_9427
julianna and ashley were our helpers this month.
it’s not an easy job!
there is not a lot of sleep.  there is not a lot of crafting.  and there are very very many dishes to wash.
but the food is amazing!
and new friends that you get to make… i think it’s worth it.  :)

all three of these girls make me happy!
i just keep looking at those smiles and it makes me smile too.
i always like to photograph the room mates!

what a super group this was!  they were joyful and silly and so kind!
it was the best kind of group to end 2014 Craft Weekends!
God knew just what kimberlee and i needed.

these girls reminded me once again what a blessing this “job” is.
we get to give these women a break from their demanding lives, give them a pretty place to feel refreshed, feed them good food, remind them of their creative gifts and let them be themselves!
they go home inspired and ready to make things again.
sometimes they get teary when they are leaving because they’d forgotten how much they like to create.
our lives just get so busy and creativity takes a back seat to work, kids and lots of other things.  and sometimes it’s not even in the backseat anymore.  it has been put in the trunk under all the other junk and we forgot it was even there anymore!
but at Craft Weekend… Creativity is number one.
front seat all the way!
getting time to sit, have all the supplies you need and just M A K E is a big deal.
i am so grateful that you CW girls agree…. all of you that have come…. all of you on the wait list and all of you reading that encourage me.


if you would like to come to a craft weekend….

1. read this informative post
2. send an email to get on the wait list (address is in that post)
3. wait patiently to get a chance to come
:) :) :) :) :) :) :)



Kathy - How many times did I pass “Bearly Makin’ It” when I was serving a mission in Kansas?? Always wanting to stop, but I was on the Lord’s time and I knew it wouldn’t be right. So now that I’m back home (in Seattle) I totally want to come back and PLAY! Soon!

Lorraine R. - I love looking at all of the pictures of your craft house and your whatever weekends. It all seems like a dream – that place is perfect and those weekends….what a gift!!

I covered my mouth when I saw those pretty old singers out in the yard, sad indeed!!

I don’t know how you don’t go broke living near such an incredible place to shop for treasures!!! I don’t think I would have any will power!!!!!

What a gift you give these mommas!! I love it!!

Kimberlee Jost - What an awesome 2014 it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now we rest.

Jen - LOVE the leather cuff bracelets! How cool are they?! Thank you for all of the color you bring to this earth. I love your colorful pictures! Have a wonderful day, Meg!

Su - orange is my favorite color. . I melted when I saw that orange quilt. . . and those sewing machines. . all I could think of was when we were in Ethiopia those were the machines the men made clothes on. . one of our kids is adopted from Ethiopia. . .and he talks about his dad making clothes on the pedal machines. . made me sad to see them in that pic. . wish we could fix them all up and take them over to Ethiopia. I’ve been waiting for this post :) Thanks.

Kate B. - You captured the weekend perfectly!! This weekend was the inspiration I needed and I am so grateful to all the amazing women I met! Keep up the great work, Meg and Kimberlee! You two are a gift to so many women! Can I get on the wait list again?!?! :)

Barbara (WA) - It is all just magical. . . . .

heather m. - What a blessing you are to all these women simply by doing what HE put in your heart to do- be creative and share it!! I’m so inspired by you gals ♥

Sami - So much goodness in this post. SO MUCH!!

Mel - First: those cuff bracelets? Love at first sight. Please keep doing them forever so I get to make one someday.
Second: if I’ve never said this b fore I’m sure someone has – you should franchise and im not even kidding. This kind of community and rejuvenation is so needed for women.

amy jupin - i loved this post.
and it made me ache a bit.
i miss y’all.
and i i’m definitely one of those that get teary when it’s over because i don’t make time to create.
and i need it!
it makes me happy.
so do you.
and kimberlee.
and cheesecake.

Leslie - I have a kinda random question- approximately how much money were the quilts being sold for? The reason I am asking is that I live in California (bay area), and finding a vintage quilt is SO rare, and SO expensive (hundreds of dollars in antique stores- and even the stained/super hole filled ones at the thrift stores can be over a hundred). I’m just wondering if they are more affordable in Kansas. Maybe I need to plan a trip one day?? Or save up some money and “Hire” you to buy and ship me a few?? :)

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I just love you. And miss you. that is all.

Melissa - Always looks like so much fun!!!

Laurel - I cannot wait to join you for the 1st Craft Weekend of 2015!!!!!!! #planestrainsautomobiles all the way from Ottawa, Canada!

Lori R. - It was such a wonderful weekend. I don’t think I stopped talking about it, well…. I am still talking about it. When I was talking to my husband he commented that it was great to hear me talk about something with such passion in my voice. It was truly an inspiring time and the friendships made in such a unique way make it a lifetime memory. Thank you for bringing a bit of me back to me!

mandy - I hope you know how lucky you have it thrifting! A quilt like that here would cost about $200-. a ratty one not as cool would still be above 75-. And I saw that white cupboard in the background. ugh! I love Oregon but we sure don’t have the good, affordable antiques!

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butternut squash

there is really nothing that can accurately follow my post on liberia.
this post is all i’ve got.
ha ha ha


photo-81 copy
so… i bought this.
and i had no idea what to do it.
it sat here for a week and then i finally went to Pinterest for help.

here are my top choices of what to do with this squash…..


Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chicken Quinoa Stew


Butternut Squash, Sausage & Kale Frittata



Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrots


Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash Soup

Orange Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Butternut Squash 


Mashed Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Ricotta Stuffed Shells



Twice Baked Butternut Squash


Roasted Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole.



Spinach & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Butternut Squash, Apple & Sweet Potato Casserole

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa


and i even learned how to cut and peel butternut squash!


which one should i start with?!

have you made any of these before?

doesn’t ordering pizza sound so much easier???

honestly i just want to take a nap when i think about making these things.
why did i buy that dumb squash?

this eating healthy thing is hard.  it’s every single day.
I’m tired and i just want to eat cake.

but i won’t.
i will mash squash.

because it’s friday and i like to party hard.

Christy - I used it for spaghetti instead of pasta, great texture. The suggestions above look delish. The stuffed shells or quesadillas would have my vote.

Kirsten J - Well, you poured your heart out in that Liberia post. Truly. That seemed like so long ago, and I remember following your tweets when you were there, and then Ebola really busted into the headlines. Too close for comfort.
Squash? Not so much for me. I really don’t like that hint of sweetness. Although my family loves it, and I suppose I should try cooking it. I’ll bet some of those recipes are great, and to this day, I still remember really enjoying this squash ravioli at my brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner…..and at a luncheon once, I was served squash soup and it was truly the best. Now you’ve inspired me to try cooking it – let us know what you make!!!

Meredith - I have been buying them recently. Cutting in half, souping out seeds and put flat side down on a cookie sheet and baking till soft. Then scrape out of skin with a fork. We eat it with meatballs and tomato sauce. I will have to try some of these above. They look amazing.

Kori - I just had a butternut squash soup the other day that was terrific. It had a hint of curry flavor that went really well with that just barely sweet flavor of the squash. Mmmm…and we topped it with sour cream – delish! I’m really tempted by the frittata though…that looks SO tasty!

Carlie - Trust Me – make this…

Even without the cheese its amazing! I think its the red onions that carmalize and the vinegar. SOO sooo good. Its on my Thanksgiving Menu this year since my husband and i loved it so much.

Also I wear gloves when working with butternut squash, I got a contact rash from it. Felt like i had elmers glue all over my hands and it took a few days to go away. I dont think it happens to everyone but better safe than sorry if the flesh irritates your skin.

Ohio12 - I hear you about the never ending cooking when you try to eat whole foods! But just cut up the squash and roast it for a good long time. don’t do one of those big recipes.

Lisa - Let them eat cake! ;-)

cindy b. - I think the butternut squash, apple and sweet potato casserole sounds good! if you need to cut it raw, put the whole squash in the microwave for 4-6 minutes, let cool to handle and then cut and peel – makes it much easier. let us know what you make!

Sarah F - LOVE butternut squash soup with some spicy ravioli in it and a little molasses drizzled on top.

chrissi - i have to hide squash in my house. people shudder at the sight of it …. so i sneak it in fritatas (great),roast it to add in salads, chop it, steam it and saute it with apples and kale and a bit of cinnamon (love) or add it to pasta with olive oil. the haters have no idea and eat all of it. enjoy!

Tracy - Don’t make it hard, Meg! Just cube that sucker up, olive oil, s&p, a little smoked paprika and roast it in a hot oven until tender. Easy peasy!! You’ll love it so much it’ll be in your grocery cart again next week ;)

Tere - I want cake. And coffee with crappy Coffee Mate creamer, a quilt, a couch and last night’s Parenthood on DVR. xoxo

Brook Hayes - Butternut Squash Soup is Amazing!! The recipe that I have calls for a small dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro on top!

Julie - Butternut pumpkin/squash is my favourite, so sweet and easy to cut and skin. This cake recipe is fabulous for using up pumpkin and so yummy too.

Julie - I do the halved, olive oil, salt, pepper, cut side down on foil lined pan and roast 1 hour at 375- degrees, but I toss cloves of unpeeled garlic in a bit of oil and roast them at the same time–inside the cavity of the squash (where the seeds were). Delicious! The garlic gets so mellow and yummy! The squash caramelizes wonderfully to be eaten plain, or used in whatever—even chilled on salads.

ROBIN - I would love to see what your kids were for Halloween!! Any plans on showing us?!?!?!?!

Jen - The Hearty Chicken Stew from Cookin’ Canuck is delicious! I’ve made it several times, with & without the olives. The chicken thighs and fresh parsley are a must. So good!

patti - Simply cubed and roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper!!!

Jennie - The last two lines of this post might be the funniest you’ve ever written. I giggled out loud. :)

Stephanie - Those all look good!
But my fave? Simply roasted with butter and sea salt to caramelized perfection. I’m a simple girl. :)

Beth - I like to throw my squash in the crockpot with a little water for a few hours until fork tender. Let it cool, cut it in half, and scoop instead of peel. Unused mine like it was pumpkin. You are so right about eating healthy being a lot of work!

Rachel - Thank you for sharing your heart yesterday, it was very very touching. Watching everything unfold via media is completely different than real world. So thank you.

I just made the chicken butternut quinoa stew and it is delicious! With the left over squash I diced it, tossed it in a pan with beef broth and cooked like mashed potatoes until tender. Some salt/pepper and coconut milk in the food processor. Yum! Can’t wait to see what you made!

DLG in Mich - I agree with the others who suggested cubing it and tossing it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 turning once until browned on the edges. I make an enchilada casserole similar to the one linked above. It’s really good! Enjoy…

Lauren Rodgers - They all look delicious! I also love butternut squash mac and “cheese” from and butternut squash burritos from (so good!!). When I feel weary over the time I put into food prep/cooking, I try to focus on the reality that anything worthwhile requires work. :)

All the best,


Amy K. - I love roasted butternut squash & apples – it’s delish!!

Sarah - Butternut squash soup is divine!
And, I was amazed and humbled by your post on Liberia. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people, life, and love.

Angela - That thing scares me!! I’m no help at all, I made Sherri’s spicy chicken tortilla soup for supper, SO good and really it’s got to be good for ya, it’s too yummy to be bad.

Angela - So I was looking at some of my food pins and was looking at this recipe and then I saw this recipe and thought of you, I don’t know if it’s healthy but thought I would share it with you. :-)

Peta - Roast small cubes drizzled in olive oil. Add to a salad of red onion, rocket (arugula?), beetroot and roasted hazelnuts. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Yum.

Ashley - Hearty chicken soup with bsquash and quinoa at the bottom is delicious! Even my kids ate it! And it freezes well.

Janet - Butternut squash soup-smooth and creamy (blended with an emulsifier). Served with a nice crusty bread. Doesn’t take too long to make. MMM–just the best on a cold winters day.

Beth ann - Ashley Ann, from Under The Sycamore just posted a recipe for Butternut Squash Soup on her blog, I was inspired to purchase my first ever whole butternut squash to try it this weekend. Along with a Lasagna Soup. Because soup and snow go hand in hand.

Rhiannon - Check out this recipe from Food & Wine Magazine website for Butternut Squash Soup with Crisp Pancetta.

It’s SOOOOO good!! You can check out my IG feed (glutenfreewithglee) to see what simple changes I made. I just posted about it last week. I wouldn’t do all 4 squashes they suggest because it does make a lot, but it’s totally worth it. Your family might love it. It’s weird to look at, but the taste is phenomenal and I don’t think it tastes what you might think squash to taste like.
P.S. I just use bacon instead of pancetta. We usually have that on hand, so I don’t have to mess with finding that.

Cindy - I’m with you!! It’s so hard and it’s hard when the family would rather not eat healthy too. We just have to keep working at it I guess and do the best we can because I always fell better when I make the right choices!

Amy Jupin - Hysterical.
And I agree 1000%.
Pizza is easier and maybe even more tasty.
Don’t tell Marta.

Becca - I think it would make a lovely centerpiece for Thanksgiving.

Jennifer - Make the soup! My grocery store had a sample of butternut squash soup and I tasted it, and bought my first squash to go with the recipe they were handing out. (mine says to add an onion and an apple as you roast it) I can’t even get over how good this soup is. And, I don’t like squash. At all. But this soup!!

Library Momma - Stuffed shells. Here is a super easy way though. Wash the squash, cut in half, scoop out seeds, oven 400 degrees for one hour. Scoop out cooked squash , mix with a small container of reduced fat sour cream, with a little nutmeg, scoop into cooked shells, cover with reduced fat Alfredo sauce and cheese, back into the oven 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until warm and toasty brown. Easy, delicious, and somewhat healthy!

Jenny Logan - We make “fries” with butternut squash. We just cut them to look like fries, drizzle olive oil on them and out salt and pepper on them. Then bake at 350* until done (time depends on how many and how thick you cut them.) you have to watch closely though because they will burn easily. Even my pickiest eater loves these!

Lela - Omg I had. Pizza the other night at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, Mo that has roasted butternut squash, bacon, carmelized onions, and cheese. Delicious!

Tammy - I do all homemade baby food for my one year old and she eats a lot of squash! i just started making the squash, sweet potato, apple mix and she likes it.

Jen - You’ve inspired me! I don’t know if I have ever even touched a butternut squash, let alone make a recipe with it. I am making the Butternut Squash Ricotta Stuffed Shells for dinner tonight. They sound yummy!

Lisa - I eat it all the time, it’s so yummy…in fact I have two on my counter from my garden waiting to be cooked….the easiest is just to roast w/ olive oil, salt, & pepper, so yummy! I also like to make soup. I roast it first and then make it into soup, it gives it a little extra flavor. It’s also good on salad (roasted first) w/ goat cheese, avocado, fresh spinach, & red onion,. I love the recipes you posted, I might have to try one of those this week!

Kay - I make a butternut squash soup that you might like. Basically the butternut squash is the base soup with ham, green beans, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes and seasoned with dill. It’s really good!

Regina @ Leelalicious - Thank you so much for including my Slow Cooker Stew.
And I couldn’t agree more on how time consuming healthy eating is. Especially now that I have a little baby around there never seems enough time. One way we try to remedy this is by making large portions in the slow cooker. Something that doesn’t need attention and last us for many meals.

Rachel - I could live on Butternut Squash soup. Finally figured out that microwaving the squash for a bit before peeling it makes life a lot easier so it might actually be possible to make enough to live on it for the winter now.

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